Sharapova beats Li in Porsche GP final

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Maria Sharapova from Russia clinches the fist during the final of the WTA tennis Porsche GP against Na Li from China in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Maurer)
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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Maria Sharapova beat Li Na 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to successfully defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title in a final between the last two French Open champions.

The top-seeded Russian swept to her second title of the year after winning in Indian Wells, Calif. She became the first player to retain the Stuttgart title since Lindsey Davenport in 2005. This was her 29th career title.

Sharapova was using the Stuttgart tournament for her clay-court debut this season, as she did last season when she went on to capture the French Open.

The second-seeded Li had a double-fault on match point, with another one earlier in the final game.

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